Rain, Rain… Coming Down


Pretty much the skies here

Rainy, dreary days, like today, sap the mental circuits.  I’ve stared at this monitor for almost two hours already, and I still don’t know what direction to take this post in.  I mean, it’s not a lack of writing (or ideas).  Creatively, life has been good, and the muses have been generous with their gifts.

What do I see?  Sunshine reflecting off a car window outside…  Ooh, sparks!  Will it be enough to kickstart the old gray matter?

Oh, it’s gone now.

But it was here long enough for me to read over the last few scenes I was writing in The Was Variation (hmm, I’ve got to stop calling it my Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors fanfiction; the story left that world nearly a novella’s worth ago and has dwelt solely with my storyworld since).  Looks like you’re going to get five small paragraphs from the fourth Variation “book” today:

In this excerpt, ‘Listii and Alanii have been dragged into the medical office of their military base for a not-routine check-up.  This is from ‘Listii’s POV; just for you, Shan.

“Glad to hear that,” he muttered. He gave Alanii a wry grin as the man looked on with an odd expression. He wondered if the man still envied him this. It wasn’t as if the device had done all they’d hoped. Except that he didn’t need to be conscious to take an arringtine pill, he still wasn’t going to make it too long without his ‘tianiel.

He knew he was wincing, nervous twitches running along his body as Koru took his readings, stimulating his system in various ways. When he’d first received the implant, he’d tried holding back his reactions. Now he just let them flow through and past him. It was another annoyance like any other in life. He’d volunteered to be the program guinea pig anyway. What right did he have to complain?

“What you smiling at, blue-eyes?” he grumbled. He hated being hooked in this way, hated it even more when others were around to watch it. Why in Her Name hadn’t Valary hadn’t taken ‘Myyu to another room yet? At least she was able to get up and leave when he caught her gaze and mouthed, ‘take him out’. Alanii was as stuck as he was at the moment.

Alanii was gnawing at his lip the way he did when he was wishing he had his pipe. But the man did stop long enough to give him a real smile. “Nothing serious. I just was wondering what we might see if we plugged you into one of the master viewers in the Council Hall. Do you get good reception?” The man’s mouth twitched as the tech next to him undid the tourniquet. He rolled down his sleeve before waiting for a bandage.

“A hell of a lot better than you’re going to when they let me up.” He glared at Alanii. Bad enough he had to deal with this. Did the man have to add bad jokes on top of it all? “You’re taking longer than normal, Senior,” he said after a bit. “What’s that damned screen telling you?”

It’s WIPpet Wednesday where we post a piece of our Work In Progress at this linky and offer support and constructive observations to our fellow WIPpeteers.  Jump on in and join us.  We’re a friendly group.  Thanks to Kathi at My Random Muse for hosting.

ROW80 Check-in

ROW80LogocopyOh, happy day!  Excepting this morning’s slow start, things seem to be on the upswing.  Guarded cheers…  Today’s been pretty much… well, not so up.

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences new story, most of the first draft of my sponsor post, plus
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song   more backstory on Andre; she’s becoming such a fun character to explore
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) not only the basics, but an extra post this week!
  • maintain active sponsor participation  check
  • energize myself with more physical activity  Easter Egg hunts, volunteer time, playgrounds….  I kept busy
  • reclaim my writing space no progress here
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) nice shiny clean Inboxes
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more…  I could use some more of this today; it’s been a hard day, even if yesterday was full of cuddles….
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each) two

Time to go now.  Tonight is the Boodle’s promotion to a Blue Belt in karate.  Need to get the boy soon and get him to the dojo for warm up.

Giving Birth to a Dancing Star

…with apologies to Nietzsche.

Welcome to MY version of the Writing Process Blog Tour

Get your cameras ready

Last week, Shan Jeniah, talented writer of evocative genre fiction, invited me to join in the festivities of the Writing Process Blog Tour.  The way the tour works is: I answer four questions about my writing process and I pass the flag off to three writers I enjoy and would like you to get to know.

Not here…  I will answer the questions, but then, I giving you all a list of  authors I’ve fallen in love with for sundry reasons over the years.  I have not invited any of them to do this tour.  That’s just not my way.

Here are the four questions for the tour:

1. What am I working on?

I’ve been working on a few things lately.  The biggest project would be The Swan Song Series, four (so far) books that tell the story of a world at war.   Tralan is the cradle of two warring civilizations, forced together by terrain, religion, and extraterrestrial accident, and in this volatile time and place, three young people find peace amongst themselves.  Can they save their home and peoples, before they destroy it?

My other project, Parvenu, involves the descendents of these people after they’ve escaped the bounds of their world via space flight.  Does this mean the protagonists from Swan Song managed find peace?  Maybe.  Or maybe they got a little outside help…  But help like that costs, and now a reckoning has come.  Kieri Vestimorn thinks his father’s arrest for treason is the worst thing that could happen to him, until he learns what drove his father.  Then he has to decide if he’s willing to make the same choice or an even more dangerous one.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Well, the most obvious difference would be I’m writing it with my knowledge, experiences, style, etc.  My preferences were involved in directing the plot.

Involved…  Have to say that, because my characters are a pretty determined group of people.  They don’t appreciate people messing around with their heads and lives, but they’re willing enough to work with someone they think has their best interests at heart.  Yeah, we don’t get along all that often, but…  we make it work most of the time.  :-D

3. Why do I write what I do?

I do what the voices tell me…..

Well, somewhat.  Mostly I write what I do because I enjoy it.  I enjoy reading fantasy stories, I enjoy reading science fiction and mysteries and romances and political thrillers, and I would love more stories that incorporate all these elements.  So I’m writing the stories I would love to read off the shelves today.

4. How does my writing process work?

My process, such as it is, is scattered.  I write inconsistently, read voraciously, draw sporadically,…  I even eat sporadically.  My process is chaos, thus the quote from Nietzsche in the title.  For too long, I felt guilty for this lack of discipline, but as time has passed, I’ve realized that this is what works for me, and that forcing myself into a different style does more to stop me writing than any other thing out there, including the dreaded Writers’ Block.  When I allow my process to flow, there are no blocks.

This doesn’t mean I don’t wish I were more disciplined or professional at times.  The guilt is always there to some degree.  Iliad over at Userfriendly was able to portray my feelings almost to the T in this cartoon:

We need to be committed! Userfriendly 1/22/98

Now, allow me to introduce you to some wonderful authors I’ve met through the years. Look over their pages, their books, and read their blogs if you feel like it. Discovery seems to be the goal of this blog tour, and self-discovery works best because it’s personal to you.  So, I can share things I’ve enjoyed, but I know you’ll find your own pleasure out there.

  • After years of drowning myself in The Lord of the Rings, I found I’d ignored almost anything except Tolkien and my college texts.  Then my eventual husband-to-be introduced me to Glen Cook, writer of militaristic, dark fantasy.  Hooked!  I have the signed books to prove it.
  • A high school (yes, there were books in those days) favorite of mine, author Elizabeth Ann Scarborough has written delightful romps into fantasy-land for years.  She’d also collaborated with Ann McCaffrey for years building quite the library of tomes for the genre reader.
  • Marine biologist and author, Jeffrey Carver, writes of dragons and space ships, and lover of solar power.  Meeting Jeff and his family almost twenty years ago opened my eyes to a love of writing that went far beyond the printed page.  Because of him, I’ve met so many amazing authors since, and I credit his patience and generosity for helping me realize that I could (and should).
  • Three local authors/friends, each met via books or discussions on books, each unique, and very cool: Ricky Lewis PhD, author and blogger of many things DNA, RNA and beyond; Barb Chepaitis, creator of yummy food, books, and lectures (she was my father’s English professor in college); and Laird Scranton, humanist, heretic, and explorer of ancient texts.  Each of these people helped me question ideas I thought I’d understood and known as “Truth”, and in doing so, helped me become a better writer and, I think, a better person in general.
  • Some new favorites to my list of writers come in the form of my fellow WIPpeteers.  I  won’t list everyone’s name here, but I encourage you to check into our Linky (updated every Wednesday for your reading pleasure).  There you’ll find an assortment of writing styles and creative expression.  Plus, it’s good fun!

courtesy Wikipedia

Hope you enjoyed this little foray into my creative side.  May you enjoy new and exciting things daily along your own paths of art and discovery!

Happy Chocolate Coma

Short check-in post today…  though, despite the title, I’m still all here.  But I have a special post for tomorrow that I need to work on (yes, a post on Monday–rules are meant to be broken, after all).  Shan Jeniah tagged me for the Writing Process Blog Tour, and now that I have the questions to work on…  off I go to type, type away.

Instead making of a big post for the holiday, let’s leave the grand goals check-list alone for a day and just say things are about the same as they were last Wednesday, maybe even slightly better.

And let’s end things with some Funny Little Bunnies.*

*Hard to believe there are so few videos related to Easter out there.

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